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Apple unveils 7th generation iPad

Apple’s 7th generation iPad is perfect for everyone

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Aside from the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, Apple also unveiled a refresh to its iPad line. The new 7th generation iPad packs a larger display, a slightly powerful processor, and a refreshed design incorporating the Smart connector for accessories.

iPad 7th Gen Specs

The new iPad packs a larger display measuring 10.2 inch. It’s an LCD Retina display with a 2160 x 1620 resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut support. As such, the new iPad enables a more immersive viewing experience — perfect for streaming Apple TV+ or Netflix shows.

Along with an immersive viewing experience, the new iPad also packs a slightly more powerful processor in the form of A10 Fusion chip. This three-year old chip first debuted in the iPhone 7, but its performance should still hold up against the competition.

And for the first time ever, the new iPad incorporates a Smart connector. Apple’s proprietary Smart connector is used for connecting its Folio keyboard, so users can use it like a compact laptop. The 1st generation Apple Pencil is also supported, which is great for users who rely on sketch or note-taking apps for their workflow.

Elsewhere, the new iPad retains the Touch ID for authentication. It also has slightly outdated cameras, with an 8MP camera on the rear and a measly 1.2MP camera on the front.

Apple is also touting the new iPad’s battery life, claiming that it can lasts up to 10 hours. However, battery life may vary depending on its usage.

Last but not the least, Apple is also touting that its new iPad being made from 100% recycled aluminum. This is not the first Apple device made from recycled aluminum, as Apple claims that its Macbook Air is also made from recycled aluminum.

Pricing and Availability

Pricing starts at US$329 for the 32GB model. Meanwhile, the 128GB model starts at US$429. It is now available to pre-order in US, with more markets to follow later.

The new iPad is a decent tablet at an affordable price due to its larger display and a slightly improved processor. It is also the perfect choice for those buying an iPad that don’t need the powerful performance of the iPad Pro but also don’t want the small screen of the iPad Mini. However, those who don’t mind buying an Android tablet can snag a more affordable tablet with the likes of Samsung Galaxy Tab A and the Huawei MediaPad M5.

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Xiaomi’s 200W charger is coming next year

Production starts June

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Xiaomi is reportedly gearing up for the mass production of its 200W HyperCharge next year. This week, the charging wars heated up with iQOO’s rumored 160W charging solution coming out for the iQOO 8. Though the rumor was impressive, Xiaomi’s 200W wired charging solution, which was revealed earlier this year, was always looming in the shadows.

Back in May, the Chinese company official unveiled the charging solution, touting a charge time of just eight minutes for a 4000mAh battery. The solution also boasted a 120W wireless charging compatibility to boot. Naturally, as with most new technologies announced, it takes a while before the company can safely release it for the public. True enough, some reports warned that the blazing fast solution actually degraded batteries.

However, according to Chinese publication MyDrivers, Xiaomi is ready to unleash it to the public. The company is reportedly aiming for production to start as early as June 2022. It will supposedly pair up with Xiaomi’s most premium model next year, the Mi 12 Ultra.

For years, Chinese companies have worked on creating the best charging solutions for consumers. Though most new ones are just experiments at this point, some are already coming out for the market. Besides the impressive 160W charger from iQOO, Samsung is also reportedly working on a much-needed fast charger for next year’s flagships.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi unveils 200W fast charging technology, calls it HyperCharge

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Trials of Mana now available on mobile

Mobile gamers might want to try this!

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Since its release in 1995, the Trials of Mana has come a long way. From the 16-bit era to the mobile gaming platform, this game is rich in history spanning 26 years. Now, the 3D remake of the JRPG classic Trials of Mana is now available on mobile.

The mobile version of the game includes many features, including new touch controls,  adjustable graphics settings and cloud save capabilities. Players can also receive two pieces of starting gear to help jumpstart their quest. The starting items are the Rabite Adornment and Silktail Adornment. 

Originally released in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 3 in 1995, Trials of Mana is a remake of the third entry in the classic Mana series. The game features a selectable main cast  with upgradable classes and over 300 different abilities to learn as they discover a world of secrets and mysteries. The series’ action battle system will put players to the test as they encounter enemies. The game was received well by its release on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms.

Price and Availability

Trials of Mana is available on iOS and Android devices via the App Store or Google Play Store. The game is priced at US$ 23.99. 

SEE ALSO: Trials of Mana review: A nice glow up

 

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Horizon Zero Dawn’s Aloy is coming to Genshin Impact

Will be available for all players… eventually

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Turns out the PlayStation and Genshin Impact collaboration goes beyond PlayStation 5 specific updates. Aloy from the PlayStation game Horizon Zero Dawn will be a playable character on Genshin Impact.

Aloy — a five-star character — will be playable for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players via in-game mail when Version 2.1 drops. The character can then be played on any platform thanks to the cross-save feature after being claimed from the PS5 or PS4.

Not a PlayStation player? Fret not. Aloy, will arrive to all players who have reached Adventure Rank 20 on Version 2.2. Her weapon, unfortunately, is a PlayStation exclusive.

Version 2.1 and Version 2.2 will also bring other updates that MiHoyo promised to release in detail shortly. Version 2.1 is coming on October 13, 2021 while version 2.2 will arrive on November 24, 2021. Could these also be clues on when the Horizon Zero Dawn sequel will release? We’ll have to wait and see.

Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world action RPG that brings players to the world of Teyvat. The player takes on the role of the mysterious “Traveler,” who sets off on a journey to discover the fate of their lost sibling.

Horizon Zero Dawn was a PlayStation exclusive game that launched in 2017. It received plenty of critical and commercial success. Its sequel — Horizon Forbidden West — is set to arrive in late 2021.

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